How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Troy homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to house. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Edington Heating & Cooling Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Edington Heating & Cooling Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 937-558-9478 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.